Photographers/Videographers Needed for 2008 Desiree Alliance Conference

We are still looking for house photographers and videographers for this year’s Desiree Alliance conference July 16-21 in Chicago. If you are interested, please apply here.

All applicants will still need to register for the conference as well. Deadline for applications is May 31. We will notify you before June 15 if you have been chosen for the position.

William Rockwell Posts about NPR Experience

NPR: “Behind Closed Doors”

I was hosted recently by Michel Martin on “Tell Me More,” a program on National Public Radio. Juhu Thukral from the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center and Annie Lobert, the founder of Hookers for Jesus also participated. The segment is titled Behind Closed Doors: The Reality of Prostitution, a bit gimmicky, it’s true, but, hey, it’s not like they needed my opinion…

I had several problems with the interview. I had long, drawn-out series of conversations with the NPR folks about “legal” issues surrounding my use of a pseudonym, and, in the end, they decided to broadcast that I was going solely by William because I was “in fear of arrest.” The most disturbing point being that NPR failed to credit the organization I was representing, Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK). This went down as both the Sex Workers Project and Hookers for Jesus were represented in a strong way. I guess sex workers currently working in the business are too busy in the alleyways shooting up, so how could they be organized, right? I tried to make up for it by referencing SWANK quite a few times.

The next bits are mostly my fault: I compared the reproductive right of abortion in poor economic circumstances, which I called a “choice among limited choices,” to the “choice” of doing sex work. Not the happiest of comparisons

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More Brilliance from Ren

YOU! Sisterhood?

She’s been treated really terribly, falsely in the name of ‘feminism.’ It is offensive to sex workers and feminists alike.

(Ren, Melissa, somebody- I’m too tech-retarded to imbed it here. You’re welcome to modify the post and get the video into it!)

Another Column from Violet Blue at SFGate

San Francisco escorts: No ordinary johns
Violet Blue gets a surprising earful on San Francisco’s challenging escort market

It’s not just that we’re home to locals who claim to have coined the term “sex work” nor that being the home of “San Francisco Values” makes us more permissive — or more gay — than anywhere else in the United States. Escorts have told me that sex work market here is … different.

It was when I was interviewing Karly Kirchner about the death of D.C. Madam Deborah Palfrey that I decided I wanted to know: Is our whorish market — bullish? Kirchner told me:

“The market for sex work in the San Francisco Bay Area is unique in some ways. In my experience, business is much slower here. In San Francisco there is an even stronger draw for secondary sex work in order to make ends meet. So you see market saturation. I would estimate that there are at least 1,000 people a day offering some form of internet-based sex work in the Bay Area. Also, in San Francisco and surrounding areas, the ratio of straight men to other people is different than in most other major cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston or Philadelphia. So the ratio of providers to consumers causes a lull in the market.

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